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[shahr-pey] /ˈʃɑrˈpeɪ/
one of a Chinese breed of large muscular dogs having a distinctive wrinkly skin covered by a fawn to dark brown smooth coat, originally developed as a guard dog.
Origin of Shar-Pei
< dialectal Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shā pí literally, sand fur (compare Guangdong dial. sā péi); E spelling with r perhaps r-less speaker's representation of the vowel Unabridged
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Shar Pei

/ʃɑː ˈpeɪ/
a compact squarely-built dog of a Chinese breed, with loose wrinkled skin and a harsh bristly coat
Word Origin
C20: from Chinese shā pí, literally: sand skin
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